The best Wellington events to look out for this Winter

Plan your winter experience in Wellington with these wild unmissable events

Marianna Simnett: Creature

City Gallery, Civic Square, 101 Wakefield St, Wellington

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'Creature' is the first New Zealand exhibition by Berlin-based artist Marianna Simnett. First presented at Brisbane’s Institute of Modern Art (IMA) in 2020, it surveys her video and sculpture from the last six years, telling wicked tales of transformation.

'Creature' is her largest solo show to date. Simnett has gained global attention for her visceral, theatrical works, which draw on storytelling and folklore conventions. They speak to the relationships we develop with our bodies-involving questions of control and violence, phobia and dysmorphia as they undergo intervention and transformation.

The show's centrepiece, 'Blood in My Milk' (2018), is an epic seventy-three-minute, five-channel video installation, featuring a motley cast of insects, children, surgeons, and the artist herself, who perform anxieties surrounding the body.

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The Most Dedicated: An Aotearoa Graffiti Story

The Dowse Art Museum, 45 Laings Rd, Lower Hutt

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This immersive experience tells the story of TMD (The Most Dedicated) Crew, Aotearoa's most renowned international street art collective.

Featuring the work of over 20 of its members, visitors will be able to delve into the origins and evolution of this graffiti super group. 'The Most Dedicated: An Aotearoa Graffiti Story' is part of the Dowse's 50th Anniversary programme.

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Kia Mau

Kia Mau Festival is a biennial, contemporary Māori, Pasifika and international Indigenous live performance experience. In te reo Māori, kia mau is a call to hold fast. It’s about the here and now and holding on firmly to what matters to ensure that it is kept and retained.

With live performances in Wellington, Porirua, Lower Hutt and Ōtaki complemented by an on-demand streaming programme, Moana Nui, at this year’s Kia Mau audiences will have the chance to see works ranging from the experimental and genre-bending to a new wave of choreographers presenting new work, to the fierce theatre of an award-winning playwright and director, to an epic night of political-comic genius.

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Lōemis - Winter Solstice

Various locations, Wellington

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Marking the shortest day of the year, the winter solstice has been celebrated across cultures since prehistoric times. Wellington’s Lōemis Festival (pronounced lew-miss) honours the occasion with a unique mix of winter harvest food events, traditional craft workshops, and a diverse programme of new theatre works inspired by the solstice.

The theme for this year is earth, but with a specific focus on plants. Highlights include The Harmonic Tree – a giant tree sculpture that functions as a musical instrument – and the Botanic Feast, a locally sourced, plant-based dinner event prepared by award-winning chefs Max Gordy and Field & Green's Laura Greenfield held at the Wellington Botanic Garden's  Begonia House. The festival will end with a fiery public procession, featuring 80 Lōemites, a brass band and large-scale puppetry.

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Mansfield – In Her Own Words

Mansfield - In Her Own Words combines music and poetry in an event that celebrates New Zealand creatives.  
The concert features selected poems by Katherine Mansfield set to contemporary music performed by a variety of top artists. 12 tracks by 12 different composers will be performed in a multi-band format, featuring a curated selection of Mansfield’s letters. Composers and musical collaborators include Lawrence Arabia, Julia Deans, The Bats, Mel Parsons, Lorina Harding, Delaney Davidson, Will Ricketts and French for Rabbits. 
The album ‘Mansfield’ featuring all 12 tracks is available now to get a taste of this unique musical collaboration. 

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Visa Wellington On a Plate

Various locations, Wellington

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New Zealand’s biggest culinary festival celebrates the best talent and produce the wildly famous Wellington region has to offer, all curated into one tasty programme.

For the whole month of August, the Wellington region is transformed into a foodie’s paradise, with chef collaborations, pop-ups, culinary events, exclusive Festival Dishes, Cocktails and Burgers to warm up the winter months.

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Beervana 2021

Sky Stadium, 105 Waterloo Quay, Wellington

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Brewers have taken the regular cold one and upped the ante, delivering delicious beverages from malty to sweet at New Zealand's biggest and most popular beer festival. Beervana brings the best of the best to Sky Stadium this August.

This two-day event showcases a variety of premium beer, from New Zealand and beyond, and also serves up food and entertainment. You’ll have ample time to try a selection of exclusive one-off beers, marvel in the displays, meet the brewers and enjoy festival revelry.

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